What sets us apart
from other web hosts? Our connection.
web servers are custom-built industrial machines designed for a 24/7 web
serving environment. All of our servers are equipped with dual redundant
450-watt power supplies, hot swap Fujitsu drives and force-filtered
cooling systems. Our Network Operations Center (NOC) is equipped with
standby machines, industry-leading Liebert uninterruptible power
supplies (UPSs) and a temperature-controlled environment, all located in
a secure, monitored facility.
to the Internet
We are online with Frontier Global Center® via their OC12 fiber optic
cable. FGC is a Tier 1 provider which also provides Internet
bandwidth to Yahoo®, Netscape®, and Ebay®. FGC has a 13,000
mile fiber optic network which provides an enormous 460 giga-bytes per
second (Gbps) of capacity. We have a direct
Internet connection between our router and FGC's router which
brings their incredible resources directly to our servers and to your
We are also connected to Qwest®
Communication's OC12 line which provides us with redundancy and
increased routes to Europe, Latin America and Asia.
Industry analysts claim that telecom
circuit failure is to blame for nearly 70% of all server downtime over
10 hours. Because of our unique Internet connection, we
do not need to connect to the Internet via a telecom circuit as
most of our competitors do. Instead, we have independent cables
which run from our NOC directly to the FGC and Qwest points of
presence. No matter what our client's bandwidth needs are, we have
the scalability to meet them.
In early October 1999, we added
connectivity from Level 3 Communications®. Level 3 was
described in USA Today as "a dream team with a dream network."
With the fundamental change in communication technology at hand, they
are the first to build an international end to end communications
network, based entirely on IP technology. To implement this new
technology, Level 3 plans to construct local networks in 50 cities
across the United States, all interconnected by an intercity or long
distance network that will extend nearly 16,000 miles.
Yahoo! also connects
directly using Frontier GlobalCenter. If you can reach Yahoo!, you can
reach our network. Frontier GlobalCenter's ground-breaking 460 Gbps
network runs Border Gateway Protocol to 25 other major carriers through
over 25 high-speed private peering arrangements, providing the fastest,
most efficient and most reliable network available today.
Some web providers operate
an additional dial-up Internet service which slows down their connection
to the Internet. We are not Internet Access providers - our
scalable bandwidth lines are entirely dedicated to web hosting!
All the drives, motherboards, and power supplies in our NOC
are in cases with a positive pressure filtered-air environment. Two
large fans pull filtered air into the protective case, and the
components within are cooled by fans which circulate this purified air.
The constant introduction of clean air into the case creates a positive
pressure environment ensuring that dust and particles remain out.
The drives and drive bays of our servers are all
constructed from high-grade aluminum, and rest in a Shock Mounted Drive
Cage, which adds to the durability of the hardware. We back up our
servers nightly. If the industrial grade drive were to fail, all we
would have to do is copy the backup (never more than 24 hours old) onto
a standby machine which is already on-line. The site would be up and
running within a matter of minutes.
Redundant Hot Swap Power Supplies
Each server has dual-redundant hot swap power supplies. If
one of these power supplies were to fail, the server would not go down
because each power supply is capable of running the server by itself,
indefinitely. Meanwhile, alarms would alert our technicians to the
problem; they would restore redundancy with one of our spares and then
service the failed supply unit. During all this, sites on our network
would never be down.
We keep spares on-line of all CPU configurations. If the server
were to experience a hardware failure we would literally turn a key,
grab the handle on the drive, pull it out, and insert it into an
identical standby CPU. We would reboot the second machine and the server
would be up and running again in a matter of
Pentium III Processors
512 MB Ram
9.5 Gig SCSI
Cisco 7200 Router
100 Base T Ethernet Connection
RedHat Linux 5.0